Picturing our Past

Temporary housing
Photo from WUSTL archives

After the conclusion of World War II, a rush of students and increasing numbers of faculty coming to the University resulted in a severe housing shortage. A temporary solution was these prefab houses, which went up in spring 1946. These pictured — at the site of the current Millbrook Garage — primarily built to house faculty, but four five-room units, 10 four-room units, 25 three-room units and 30 two-room units were constructed to ease the housing shortage for students. Additionally, 20 single-family units were constructed on Millbrook Avenue near Trinity Avenue in University City solely for incoming faculty. Fraternities also pitched in by allowing nonmembers to board in their houses.

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